Roland H. Goldstraw, 81

Printer, Army veteran

August 21, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Roland Harry Goldstraw, a retired printer and World War II veteran, died of complications from a stroke Aug. 11 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The longtime Catonsville resident was 81.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Monastery Avenue, Mr. Goldstraw enlisted in the Army after graduating from what is now Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in 1945.

He served in Europe as a motorcyclist, jeep and truck driver. He was discharged in 1947 with the rank of sergeant..

Mr. Goldstraw worked as a printer for Baltimore Business Forms from 1950 to 1975, when he went to work at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. He worked in the court's printing department until he retired in 1992.

After his retirement, Mr. Goldstraw moved to a home on the St. Martin River near Bishopville. He enjoyed woodworking and home improvement projects.

He was a volunteer with the Ocean City police and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

His wife of 51 years, the former Enamay Pikey, died in 2001.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 2 p.m. Sept. 4 at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 3755 St. Paul St., Ellicott City.

Survivors include two sons, Steven M. Goldstraw of Austin, Texas, and David J. Goldstraw of Bishopville; a daughter, Diane M. Boarman of Columbia; and a brother, Garland Goldstraw of Catonsville. Another son, Mark H. Goldstraw, died in 2004.

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